Monday, April 4

Lydia Ko: 'It Is Unbelievable'

LYDIA KO IS THE MOST DOMINANT tour golfer on the planet. Tiger Woods? Ko is piling up more wins, including majors, at a younger age than Woods.

The New Zealand teenager collected her second consecutive major yesterday in Rancho Mirage when she birdied the 72nd hole at the ANA Inspiration, the year's first major. Ko shot a final-round 69 to finish at 12-under par.

"This is an unbelievable moment," Ko told Golf Channel's Jerry Foltz before the traditional jump into the greenside pond.

"I've always walked out on the bridge and have seen Poppie's Pond and said, 'Wow that is super clear and how amazing would it be to just jump in there.' Earlier this week, Abby [Wambach] jumped in there after Danielle [Kang] chipped in for eagle. I thought, 'Hey, how do you beat that kind of jump?' It is an amazing moment. Being here with the team makes it even more special."

A few moments later she spoke to Golf Channel's Karen Stupples.

"This has been a long week," Ko said. "I am proud that I was able to make those clutch putts, especially on the back nine."

It's hard to put Ko's accomplishments in perspective since there has been no one like her. She is Michelle Wie, in a sense. This kind of success is what the golf world was expecting from Wie years ago. Interestingly, she has the same coach as Wie, David Leadbetter.

"It has always been my dream to play on the LPGA Tour," Ko added. "For these amazing things to be happening, it is unbelievable, but it also motivates me to work harder and try to put myself in good position and contention whenever I can."

To be continued.

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